The magic of John Muir lives today in our public parklands and wilderness areas, the orchards and vineyards of Contra Costa County, sunsets atop Mt. Wanda, and in writings and teachings that spread the word about nature and our place in it.

Kindred Organizations

John Muir was one of nature’s most passionate advocates. His influence is still felt throughout the world, and many organizations embrace his legacy. Our Links page highlights some of them, and here we acknowledge nonprofit organizations with whom we share a special connection, and that we work in partnership with for special events and projects.

Access Adventure
Founded by John Muir's great-grandson, Access Adventure enriches the lives of people with disabilities and other underserved members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy, through a working partnership with horses. Access Adventure has participated in many John Muir Association events, including John Muir Mountain Day Camp and the John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration.

John Muir’s Birthplace
Located in John Muir’s home town of Dunbar, Scotland, John Muir’s Birthplace is a wonderful center for inspiration and education. The Birthplace has created an awareness and appreciation of John Muir that did not exist before in the land of his birth.


John Muir Geotourism Center
Established to honor the legendary naturalist John Muir, the John Muir Geotourism Center was created in Coulterville, California to develop visitor sites along the Highway 132 route of Muir’s 1868-1869 journey to the Sierras. The mission of the John Muir Geotourism Center is to enrich the natural and rural communities by inspiring people to explore, learn, share and preserve the values of the John Muir legacy.

John Muir Land Trust
Named after John Muir and based where he lived for 24 years, the John Muir Land Trust works to preserve local wild lands and bring people and nature together. The John Muir Association partners with the John Muir Land Trust for various events, strengthening the Muir legacy in so many ways. Visit to learn more about this great organization.

Yosemite Conservancy
No one can deny the great influence Yosemite had on John Muir, nor the influence Muir had on Yosemite. He lived in Yosemite, explored and loved its terrain, and initiated a successful bid to establish it as a national park.

In 2009, the John Muir Association joined with the Yosemite Association to present a special event highlighting Muir’s botanical collection and influence. (In 2010, the Yosemite Association merged with the Yosemite Fund to become the Yosemite Conservancy.)

Guests viewed actual plant specimens Muir collected in the 1860s. Author Bonnie Gisel and photographer Stephen Joseph gave presentations about their book, Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy.

The partnership between our two groups highlights John Muir’s legacy. Visit for more information.





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